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    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    going to purchase skid steer

    one of the functions will be to possibly plow snow but will also use for stacking

    realize not the most efficient machine but cannot utulize bigger unit year round

    looking for opinions on size

    just about decided on a bobcat 773 because it can lift up and farther from machine
  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Look to other manufacters like Case or New Holland before you make mind up. Test them out. I like New Holland but Casae also makes a good machine.
  3. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    The new holland is very good at stacking,most of them will load the center of a tandem,even the small ones,try that with a Bobcat.the lift arms on the NH allow it to go outward as it goes upward,making stacking easier ,the bobcat the bucket goes up and towards you.
  4. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 955

    New Holland. The superboom is realy nice and good for stacking. The higher you lift the further it reaches. I run a New Holland lx865 with an 8' pusher and I think it's probley the best.

    [Edited by little green guy on 01-14-2001 at 06:45 PM]
  5. 9FT.PILES

    9FT.PILES Banned
    Messages: 62

    cheaper and just as good.
  6. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    Check out the new John Deere. They have the same type of lifting system as the New Holland but are alot beefier. The smallest one they make, 240, has no problem lifting a pallet of 4" wall block. Price is about the same if I remember correctly.

    By the way, the Bobcat 773/873/973 have a vertical lift path. Cost more than the other two.
  7. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    The bobcat 773 has a vertical lift path and a great lift capacity. Also, exceptionally easy to service. The bad things on bobcats are the center crossbar for the loader and rear visibility. The bucket tilt cyl. is in the middle making entry and exit a little more difficult, but also causing the adaptation of some implements impossible. The rear window is small and the engine compartment door is high leaving on heck of a blind spot. If snow is a main job task you're gonna need a cab, at least a front door cause the snow from the bucket comes in and packs around your feet. They get cold and then you have to dig it out to use the foot pedals. I have a 753 so I have been there. If I was to buy new it would probably be a New Holland, I have a closer dealer than Bobcat and in landscaing this rear vision thing makes a world of difference. And remember, skid steers are like boats, you'll always want the next size bigger.
  8. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    Check out the john deere 250,260,270 machines they use to be made by newholland but noe deere make ther own and i think that they redesigned them pretty good.I would try them all out if i was you just to see the advantages and disavatages of them.But as far as serviceing them deere and newholland got them beet I think.
  9. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    I was looking at cat320's post and thought I might mention the naew Caterpillar skidsteers. Pilot controls are cool and the design is similar to the new deeres. They might be pricy knowing Cat but it again comes down to your local dealer.
  10. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    On the JD's (270)watch out on the torque tube behind the cab ours has been welded twice. Plus you can't see the bucket edge very well. Don't know about the smaller ones. We are getting rid of ours this spring. Back to New Holland :)
    For us the Cat's don't lift enough, plus the lift path is not straight, for an excavator or concrete crew it would be a great machine just not for landscaping.

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